Hodgman Govt Welcomes Decision Of RMPAT

Hodgman Govt Welcomes Decision Of RMPAT

Tasmania Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Peter Gutwein

Halls Island Development Showcases Tasmania’s Unique Natural Values

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government welcomes the decision of the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal to overturn the Central Highlands Council’s decision to reject the Halls Island proposal, Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Peter Gutwein said.

RMPAT’s decision enables the project to proceed and is a positive endorsement of the Government’s Expressions of Interest (EOI) initiative, a process that provides an open and transparent framework to enable entrepreneurs to bring forward innovative ideas for sensible and appropriate tourism offerings and experiences in our state.

“Yesterday’s decision is further evidence that tourism experiences can be delivered, in line with existing environmental laws in our unique wilderness areas.” Minister Gutwein said.

Now that RMPAT has made its determination, it is time for the Greens’ and their anti-everything allies to accept the umpire’s decision and stop their appalling tactics, fuelled by misinformation and grubby politicking.

“Labor have never stood up to their Greens allies and publicly supported the Government’s EOI process for tourism developments or the jobs created by it.” Minister Gutwein said.

“Labor must today tell Tasmanians once and for all if they support the Halls Island proposal and the EOI process for sensible and appropriate tourism proposals.”

Appropriate and environmentally sensitive proposals that showcase and protect Tasmania’s unique natural values, while delivering real jobs deserve our broad support.

“Combined value of all projects in the EOI pipeline is approximately $100 Million, and those projects have the potential to create more than 250 full time equivalent jobs.” Minister Gutwein said.

Abbreviations:

RMPAT          Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal